Manufactured from 1951 to 1952, the Ferrari 212 notched significant racing victories and saw around 110 chassis distributed to clients. With a diverse array of body styles, from Spiders to cabriolets, Carrozzeria Alfredo Vignale played a key role in crafting its coachwork, complemented by designs from Pinin Farina, Touring, and Ghia.
The original 1.5-liter V12 by Gioacchino Colombo expanded to 2,562cc in the 212, featuring a proven chassis design with double wishbones at the front and a live rear axle. Noteworthy were the brakes—large hydraulically actuated drums—and a five-speed transmission situated directly behind the engine.
The 212 had two main variants: the Export model, with a shorter wheelbase for tight circuits, and the Inter version, often on a longer wheelbase for racing and Gran Turismo. Client-specific engine configurations and coachwork details were common, evolving during production. The 212’s racing prowess was evident in victories, including the 1951 Carrera Panamericana. Despite facing formidable competition, owners frequently updated the engines to maintain competitiveness against newer rivals.